Sunday, October 03, 2010
The complete update will have to wait....but here's the quickie version....
COLD morning, left without packet but realizd it only a mile or so from home turn around and got it.
Hoped to run my first sub 30 min 5K - didn't quite make it, but still PR'd at 33:25.5 so I'm not too unhappy. Finished in the top 40% of my age group - and I was the oldest running in the 45-49 group of women. If I had run in the next group up I would have made the to 25%.
See profile pic change for a teaser and look for the full report tomorrow...work at 7AM and I AM EXHAUSTED!!!!!!!!
Friday, October 01, 2010
Less than two days till the race....butterflies are starting to gather. They are worse than my first 5K - the other times I've run, they were hardly noticeable. I'm sure it is just because this race means so much to me, but I'm trying to keep them under control, carb load, rest etc etc etc. My sis has even mentioned coming out to see me run....that would be a miracle-I've only seen her out of bed by 8AM a couple of times in the past year, much less to a rather cold race site to stand around for a half hour, but miracles happen. A couple of friends may come out too...still haven't heard for sure. It doesn't matter. I'm in this for the race and what it means to me, and for sure one of my running buddies - a younger and faster one, will be running with me, so if I'm going to beat the 30 min. goal, I'm sure that I'll have to give her alot of the credit.
And to the nervousness, my computer picked today to start acting up. Of course on the first of the month, and payday, while I was trying to get my monthly budget ironed out, and only an hour or two before work. In a panic, I called my other little sister for advice, which, bless her heart, only made the situation worse. The only thing worse than butterflies before a race is a bug in your computer system (or both at the same time). I swear I had some heart palpatations today with all that going on. Luckily, they were looking for someone to go home early tonight, and I NEVER do since I really need the hours, but since I hadn't had lunch, it would have only cost me two hours and I'm already an hour and a half over from staying late, so in essence, I'm only down a half hour and now I've had time to research and fix the computer issues and it's just now 10PM and I can get to bed. If I had stayed, I would have been there till 11PM and had to be back at 7AM (I get up at 5AM tomorrow). I think I need the rest more. Sunday after I get home there will be time to work on the budget.
Tomorrow night I'll have to find the long running tights if they don't miraculously appear in the morning while I get dressed.
Thank you Spark Friends for all your well wishes....may not have time to blog or Spark much tomorrow, but you know you will hear from me Sunday night!
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Well, in just couple of short hours, I will be the same age as my mom on the day she died. I was fourteen and a freshman in high school on the New Years Day that she died. She had breast cancer when I was younger and then, in my eigth grade, they discoverd a brain tumor. She had an operation to remove it, chemo, radiation...the works, as well as they could in the mid 70's, but it grew back and on New Years Day 1975, she passed away just one month and 9 days before she turned fifty.
It is in her memory that I will be running this 5K on Oct 3rd.
My older sister, too, has been experiencing her own battle with that dreaded disease, from breast cancer to two rounds of the cancer invading her bones. She is five years older than me. Oct 3rd is her birthday.
Oct 3rd is also the date that I joined the military back in 1978 - never did learn to run well then. I guess we DO get better with age.
For soooo many reasons, I want to run this race well. The knot in my hamstring seems to be just about gone and there is very little discomfort in my knees now, unless I have my legs crossed too long. Talked with my running buddy tonight and she is convinced that we will do this run in under 30 (my goal). We'll see. A couple of olkd friends from high school are even coming out....one of them may run, the other to cheer us on. I usually have to leave right after a race, but I am off on Sundays and plan to stick around for the pancake breakfast and the festival afterwards....let's just hope I stay injury free and that I don't get too bummed out if I don't do as well as I hope.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Throughout this whole journey - to date - I'd made it without doing anything to really hurt myself physically. Now, just five days till my most important run, and I'm sidelined ... finally listened to my body and took a couple of days off training altogether, except for light warm up and stretching and am still experiencing more soreness than I have had in a long time, most notably (and what has me worried) is that it is in my knees and for the first time I think ever in my hamstring! Taking Aleve tonight and will do some more light warm up and stretching tomorrow and pray that this all is passed by the weekend. I've always paid attention to my body before and never had more than a day or two of mild discomfort from my fitness until now, this has me a bit worried, but nothing I can do at this point but take it easy and try to stretch out the aches and pains and pray for a full and QUICK recovery.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
True to my nature, I never jump into anything halfway, I embarked on a renewed fitness program this past week. It has really pushed my limits and by yesterday, I have to say, I was feeling a little better (less sore) than Friday, but still working out. This morning, I was hoping to get to the fitness center for a Group Strength class before church, but I really needed the extra rest to face a non-stop day. I did manage to get in a longer run (62 mins) between meetings at church, but my time was not good. I did over 5 miles, but averaged over 11 mins a mile. I have previously done up to 7.4 miles in that amount of time....okay, only once, but I was running on a fairly flat, paved trail, and my time was worse than I have done on the hills. Even my knees are hurtin a bit and they haven't hurt in a long time. I think maybe my body is telling me it needs some more recovery time. I need to give these joints and muscles a chance to recover, but I don't wnt to lose momentum and I am trying to think of things I can do that will give my legs especially a break so that I'll be good to go for the race next Sunday. I think I'm going to take it easy the next couple of days and just to some upper body and maybe a little yoga or pilates without too much extreme stretching and see where we go from there.
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